Crypt of John Paul Jones

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United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
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Crypt of John Paul Jones Aug 20, 2011
Although born a Scot, John Paul Jones is considered to be the first US Navy hero. He entered into naval service at the tender of age of 13, when he undertook an apprenticeship as a sea merchant on the brig Friendship. His apprenticeship was to lead to a long and successful career on the seven seas.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he sided with the colonists and received a commission in the Continental Navy, being given command of the sloop USS Providence which he used to destroy British fisheries in Nova Scotia whilst also undertaking the capture of 16 British ships. He is forever remembered in American Naval lore as Captain of the Bon Homme Richard a derelict ship given to him by the French King which he refitted. He went into battle with the Bon Homme Richard against the much larger British ship, Serapis and, when others thought his time up and asked whether he was ready to surrender, he famously replied "I have not yet begun to fight!".

His crypt can be found in the basement of the United States Naval Academy. The coffin itself is interred within a large marble sarcophagus which is modelled after the tomb of Napoleon.

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